Today, we recreational sailors have no such worries. However, we still do have choices to make.
Nowadays, some sailors, perhaps single handed racers, may balk at the word "epicure" in this post's title, and prefer some "scientifically" concocted "sports" food/drink/fuel chugged or sipped from a bottle rather than a relaxed, sit-down menu of sensuously appealing natural delights that also happen to provide the nutrients necessary to perform a sailor's duties. That's fine by me. Those same folk are often into a sort of sailing "minimalism" - where the whole point of the thing is winning a race. That's OK too. Whatever floats your dinghy. I do appreciate such people and applaud their pursuits.
But others of us enjoy sailing for its own sake and likewise food, music and friends. Our sailing is often leisurely and best shared with others, as are our meals. We fit into what is called the "slow life movement", which I believe started in the UK and has been well received in Japan. Happily, there is room in this world for all of us. I sincerely hope.
A sailing "fuel" I enjoy here in Japan at this time of year is "sasa mochi". It is steamed mochi rice, which is pounded with added "kusa" (Japanese name for the herb mugwort) and stuffed with tsubu-an - a not too sweet azuki bean paste. It comes wrapped in a dwarf bamboo leaf - sasa. It tastes especially nice served with ocha (green tea).
As much as pandas like bamboo, Pandabonium doesn't eat the wrapping.Mugwort is sometimes called "sailor's tobacco". As a medicinal herb it has found numerous uses in many parts of the world, from ancient Rome to China.
So join us for a sail on Lake Hinuma and have a taste of sasa mochi. Barring that, at least take the time to be aware of and try to deeply appreciate all the sailing "fuels" you have the opportunity to taste in your home port.
Until next, sweet sailing.